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BBQ ribs will make your 4th celebration sizzle

CharBroil’s Great Book of Grilling is a great resource this time of year and we are showing you why with this sweet and savory recipe for baby back ribs. Looking to do more than flip burgers at your July 4th celebration? Look no further:

Apple Butter BBQ Ribs


2 full slabs of baby back ribs
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne powder
1/2 tablespoon salt
1/2 tablespoon black pepper
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon dried thyme Applewood chunks
1 cup apple butter
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce Salt & pepper to taste


  • Preheat your grill for indirect: Place an aluminum foil pan filled with water under the grill grate and toss a chimney of hot coals alongside.
  • With a butter knife and some paper towels, remove the membrane under each slab of ribs by inserting the knife between the membrane and one of the bones. Pull the membrane with a paper towel to remove it completely.
  • Mix the brown sugar, paprika, cayenne powder, salt, black pepper, ground ginger, and dried thyme in a small bowl then apply the rub on both sides of the ribs with your hands so it penetrates the meat.
  • Place the ribs on the grill grate in indirect heat and toss a few applewood chunks onto hot coals. Close the lid and cook for 2 hours at 300°F. Add all the Apple Butter BBQ Sauce ingredients to a saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • After 2 hours of cooking, wrap the ribs in aluminum foil with 1 cup of the Apple Butter BBQ Sauce on top of each. Cook for another 1 hour at 300°F. You know the ribs are done when the meat has shrunk about 1 inch from the bones. Once fully cooked, remove from foil and sear over direct heat for 30 seconds per side to caramelize the BBQ sauce.
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